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Alum uses internship to find job at Fortune 500 Company

Since graduating in 2016 with a degree in manufacturing engineering technology, BYU alum Regan Homer has gone from intern to full-time manufacturing engineer at BD medical, a Fortune 500 global medical technology company.

November 17, 2017
PhD student wins first place for telemetry paper

Chad Josephson, a PhD student studying electrical engineering, wrote a paper with BYU professor Michael Rice that won first place at the October 2017 International Telemetering Conference (ITC) in Las Vegas, NV. 
 

November 16, 2017
Family of engineering graduates shares insight on billion-dollar project

Nancy Patton-Ferrell (BS ’80), principal/vice president of Patrell Engineering Group, Inc., delivered a lecture to an auditorium full of students, faculty and friends on Thursday, Nov. 9. Patton-Ferrell, a civil engineering graduate, presented her address as part of the two-day Advancement Council for Engineering and Technology (ACET) Conference.

November 14, 2017
Alum uses principles she learned at BYU to work on her dream job

Bahaar Taylor graduated from BYU in 2015 with a degree in civil engineering, and has since pursued a career as a structural engineer. She has worked on projects all over the Pacific Northwest and Maui, Hawaii. Taylor works for Erickson Structural Consulting Engineers, an engineering firm based out of Vancouver, Washington that focuses on forensic investigations and structural diagnostics, seismic evaluations, building remodels and renovations.

November 2, 2017
BYU engineering prof helping find answers to why Mexico quake was so deadly

It’s been a little over a month since a devastating 7.1-magnitude earthquake killed 370 people and injured roughly 6,000 more in Mexico. And while rescue efforts have ceased, rebuilding efforts may last for years. BYU civil engineering professor Kevin Franke has seen the damage in person, recently leading an NSF-funded reconnaissance mission in Mexico City to help provide engineering answers to recovery challenges.

October 25, 2017
Former Department of Energy official shares insight on global energy future

Franklin (Lynn) Orr, former Under Secretary for Energy and Science, addressed the public on Thursday, October 19, in the general lecture of the two-part Reed M. Izatt and James J. Christensen Lecture Series. As Under Secretary, Orr served as the principal advisor to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy, giving him a unique perspective on the world’s energy future.

October 24, 2017
ACET mentoring events Nov. 9 & 10

Students in the Ira A. Fulton College will have the opportunity to be mentored by successful professionals as part of the college's Advancement Council for Engineering and Technology (ACET) conference November 9 and 10, 2017.

October 19, 2017
Honored alumnus Tom Ingersoll urges students to learn their craft

Students filled the JSB auditorium on Thursday, October 5, to learn from the experience of Tom Ingersoll (BS ’85, MEM ’86), this year’s recipient of the Alumni Achievement Award for the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology. Ingersoll has enjoyed a career as an entrepreneur and engineer, serving as CEO for ambitious startups and managing larger corporations as well.

October 10, 2017
The ZinnStarter program arrives at BYU

The Ira A Fulton College of Engineering and Technology at Brigham Young University, which annually hosts the Student Innovator of the Year competition (SIOY), is now participating in a national network of similar competitions along with West Virginia University, San Jose State University, Utah Valley University and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

October 5, 2017
BYU students win big at national woodturning competition

The BYU Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology was well represented at the recent national woodturning competition Turning To The Future, a juried student exhibition of items turned on a wood lathe. Of the thirteen pieces that were accepted as finalists into the post-secondary division, five were created by BYU students. Each year, BYU students have taken the top award in the post-secondary division making BYU one of the top woodturning schools in the nation. 

October 3, 2017
BYU graduate student receives award for research paper at telemetry conference

Chad Josephson, a PhD student studying electrical engineering, won second place in a student paper contest this September. The contest, part of the annual International Telemetering Conference (ITC), includes graduate students from universities all across the nation.

October 3, 2017
Tom Ingersoll, honored alum and aerospace innovator, to give lecture

Tom Ingersoll, the college's 2017 Alumni Achievement Award recipient, will speak about finding joy in the engineering and technology journey this Thursday, Oct. 5 in 140 JSB. Equal parts engineer and entrepreneur, Ingersoll was most recently the CEO of Skybox Imaging before leading the sale of the company to Google. He had led the company from concept development through the build and launch of two high-resolution imaging satellites. 

October 2, 2017
From BYU to billion-dollar projects at Bechtel

It’s not always easy to figure out what you want to study in college. Kim Irwin came to BYU over 30 years ago thinking she wanted to be a home economics teacher, but after working a summer job on a construction site, she realized her heart belonged to civil engineering. She is now a principal vice president of Bechtel National, serving as the project manager of a multi-billion-dollar project. 

September 29, 2017
Compliant Mechanisms Research Lab tops the podium at ASME Design Engineering Technical Conferences

The BYU Compliant Mechanisms Research Lab enjoyed enormous success at this year's Design Engineering Technical Conferences hosted by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Students claimed first and second place in the Graduate Division of the 2017 ASME International Student Mechanisms Design Competition in Cleveland, Ohio, in August. 

September 25, 2017
Major gaming festival showcases BYU student project

In January, BYU launched “The Tessera,” an alternate-reality game designed by an interdisciplinary team of students. Now, eight months after its release, IndieCade, the Sundance Film Festival of the video game industry, has elected to showcase the educational computer game at its main event this October.

September 22, 2017
BYU-developed helmet smartfoam signals potential concussions in real time

BYU mechanical engineering Ph.D. student, Jake Merrell, and a team of researchers across three BYU departments have developed and tested a nano composite smartfoam that can be placed inside a football helmet (and pads) to more accurately test the impact and power of hits. A coach can know within seconds how hard a player has been hit and whether or not they should be concerned about a concussion.

September 22, 2017
Teaching fellowship awarded to BYU doctoral student

Allison Lee, a PhD student studying mechanical engineering, recently received a renewal of her teaching fellowship from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

September 19, 2017
Five years later, BYU's village drill project bringing clean water to hundreds of thousands

In 2011, a group of mechanical engineering students built a human-powered drill to dig water wells as part of a senior capstone course. The project seemed promising, but little did they know how life-changing it would become.

September 13, 2017
Be prepared for the STEM Career Fair

The BYU STEM Career Fair will be Thursday, Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the WSC Ballroom. The fair is a great way for students in STEM majors to find internship and job opportunities with major companies, such as Boeing, Amazon and Ford. 

September 12, 2017
BYU researchers are helping connect fluid dynamics research to brain trauma

Researchers from BYU, USU and a Japanese university are hoping to use new knowledge of cavitation to fill a gap in brain research. Their new study details exactly what happens when a liquid at rest is suddenly put into motion. While the finding has immediate implications for many industrial processes, there’s also growing evidence linking cavitation to brain trauma.

September 11, 2017
BYU-created mini tool has massive potential

BYU researchers have created a miniaturized, portable version of a tool now capable of analyzing Mars’ atmosphere — and that’s just one of its myriad possible uses. BYU chemistry professor Daniel Austin, joined by electrical engineering professor Aaron Hawkins and other colleagues, has developed a much smaller spectrometer that still has the capabilities of its larger counterparts. 

August 30, 2017
Engineering and technology faculty receive top university honors

At this year's University Conference, BYU's most prestigious award went to Randal W. Beard, professor of electrical and computer engineering. Three other Ira A. Fulton College faculty members were also honored.

August 28, 2017
BYU engineers earn honor society scholarships

Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society, recently named its 271 scholars for the 2017-18 academic year. This year, 10 scholars are Brigham Young University students.

August 15, 2017
Professors 3D-print first truly microfluidic "lab on a chip" device

Researchers at BYU are the first to 3D-print a viable microfluidic device small enough to be effective at a scale much less than 100 micrometers, a major breakthrough toward mass-producing the medical diagnostic devices cheaply.

August 9, 2017
Forbes: A startup that's (literally) opening doors for wheelchair users

After opening the door for a fellow student in a wheelchair, industrial design student Sam Lew and five other BYU students developed a device that would improve the opening of automatic doors, especially for those in wheelchairs. 

August 8, 2017
BYU researchers develop method that could produce stronger, more pliable metals

An interdisciplinary BYU research team consisting of a Ph.D. student, a mechanical engineering professor, and a physics professor have created a method to help evaluate properties like strength, weight and lifespan of materials, leading to the eventual optimization of the best materials. 

August 7, 2017
Daily Herald: Girls cybersecurity camp at BYU expands girls' opportunities

BYU hosted its third annual Girls Cybersecurity Camp on July 17-21. The camp left the girls, ages 13-18, with new knowledge and excitement about information technology and cybersecurity. 

July 21, 2017
Alum continues to apply skills learned at BYU to job at Ford

Harry Douglass' BYU education taught him a lot of valuable skills. Since receiving his degree in mechanical engineering in 2014, he continues to apply his BYU education to his work at Ford. 

July 20, 2017
Alum uses communications skills she learned at BYU to excel in her career

After graduating in April, industrial designer Janae Pettit landed a job at Vivint Smart Home's Innovation Center. Her time at BYU gave her real-world experience and taught her communication skills that have been critical to her career. 

July 20, 2017
BYU to host third annual Girls Cybersecurity Camp

Women are sorely outnumbered in the information technology industry.  Dale Rowe, BYU associate professor of information technology, hopes to start to bridge that gap with the Girls Cybersecurity Camp on July 17-21. The free camp is exclusively for girls ages 13-18 to get them interested in both IT and cybersecurity.

July 12, 2017
Civil engineering chair receives significant honor from professional society

Rollin H. Hotchkiss, BYU professor and chair of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, received the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) 2017 Hydraulic Structures Medal. The medal is awarded for significant contributions to the advancement of the art and science of hydraulic engineering as applied to hydraulic structures.

June 30, 2017
BYU alum continues to learn and grow at Ford

BYU alum Ethan Gross exemplifies that hard work and making a plan can help you achieve your goals. His persistence and BYU education helped him land a dream position with Ford. 

June 29, 2017
BYU Mars Rover team finishes 4th in international robotics competition

Competing with elite teams from 13 countries, BYU engineers returned from "Mars" with a fourth place finish in the University Rover Challenge. Sponsored by The Mars Society, the rover challenge is considered one of the most difficult robotic competitions for students because vehicles must be autonomous and capable of completing various tasks in extremely rugged environments. 
 

June 27, 2017
WE@BYU mentorship opens up new opportunities

Hannah Lutz started studying industrial design as a way to combine her love for art and the ability to invent things. After being accepted into the major, she applied for a Women in Engineering and Technology mentorship, which has opened up new opportunities for her and has helped her become more involved in the School of Technology.

June 6, 2017
CFM professor introduces new construction methods to the Dominican Republic

BYU construction and facilities management professor Brian Capt could change the way construction operates in the Dominican Republic. For the past eight years, he has travelled there annually and has introduced and taught the people of the Dominican Republic about new ways of construction.

June 6, 2017
Universe: BYU alum sees benefits from industrial design education

BYU alumnus Cory McArthur completed his junior project back in 2015 but is still seeing benefits. One of his ideas has been mass-marketed and is now available for sale at a major retailer.

May 31, 2017
PhD student receives NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship

Nathan Pehrson, a PhD student studying mechanical engineering, recently received the NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship (NSTRF). Pehrson was awarded over $60,000 for the fellowship and will begin in August, while still working to finish his PhD.

May 30, 2017
WE@BYU mentorship sparks student’s love for research

Through her mentorship working with a faculty member and graduate students in a lab, Hannah Evanson learned the importance of patience and developed a love for research. 

May 24, 2017
Convocation speaker highlights the benefits of humility and trust in a professional setting

On Friday, April 28, hundreds of graduates, family members, friends, and faculty gathered together for the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology convocation ceremonies. The convocation speaker was Ryan Holmes, director of Digital Media and Technical Operations for BYU Broadcasting, and he gave advice to the graduates on working with others and staying humble.

May 22, 2017
From student to professor: Chemical engineer Stella Nickerson returns to BYU

Not too long ago, chemical engineering professor Stella Nickerson was a student herself. After graduating from BYU in 2012, and receiving her PhD from Arizona State University last year, Nickerson landed her dream job here at BYU. However, she didn’t think timing would work out as perfectly as it did.

May 22, 2017
One vehicle, 10 students and 1,700 mpg

BYU engineering students just built a car that gets 1,700 miles per gallon. The students came in 2nd place at the Shell Eco Marathon Challenge, an international competition featuring 56 cars from schools across the United States and Canada. BYU’s supermileage vehicle was the highest performing American entry, outperformed only by Quebec’s Laval University.

May 18, 2017
New chemical engineering professor quickly finds his place at BYU

Most people graduate high school and go right into college, not always knowing exactly what they want to do. That was not the case for one of the newest chemical engineering professors, Andrew Fry.

May 16, 2017
BYU American Nuclear Society receives national recognition

On Tuesday, April 25 the BYU chapter of the American Nuclear Society (ANS) received three recognitions from the national chapter. The chapter received a recognition as a distinguished chapter.

May 3, 2017
BYU engineering professor receives NSF CAREER award

Mechanical engineering professor Oliver Johnson recently received a Faculty Early Career Development Award, the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious award for junior faculty.

May 2, 2017
Former CEO talks engineers in the business world

David Weidman, BYU alum and former CEO of Celanese Corporation, a multi-billion dollar Fortune 500 technology and special materials company, answered students’ questions about how he went from an engineer to a CEO on Friday, April 14.

April 26, 2017
BYU students make winter hammocking a warmer reality

Two BYU mechanical engineers have developed a product that will make sleeping in a hammock much warmer. 

April 25, 2017
BYU No. 4 in the country for taking research inventions to market

BYU students and professors have been able to turn research into real technology and products. And recently, BYU has ranked top five in "The Best Universities for Technology Transfer" by the Milken Institute. 

April 24, 2017
Students create prosthetic sockets for African amputees

BYU engineering students have teamed with the nonprofit Engage Now Africa to create a socket for above-knee amputees that fits neatly into prosthetics made available by the International Red Cross.

Watch a video about their design. 

April 20, 2017
First women co-captains lead BYU steel bridge team to finals

In April, BYU’s chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) took home first place at the Rocky Mountain Regional Steel Bridge Competition, beating out 13 other schools from Utah, Wyoming, South Dakota, Colorado and New Mexico.

April 20, 2017
BYU hosts K-12 innovation competition

On Friday, April 14, 38 teams of students competed in this year’s K-12 Student Innovator of the Year competition. Students competed for over $6,000 in cash prizes. The competition was hosted by DivergeConverge.org, a BYU research group in association with the Technology and Engineering Education program, and the Rollins Center for Entrepreneurship at BYU.

April 18, 2017

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